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Note: These historical tidbits have been collected from various sources, mostly on the Internet. As detailed in
there is a lot of wrong information that is repeated hundreds of times because most websites do not validate with authoritative
sources. On RF Cafe,
events with hyperlinks
have been verified.
significant historical events and
dates for inclusion in these lists. I will be glad to include your name and birthday. Please do not submit your death
date ;-) A couple years ago, I began commemorating the birthdays of notable people and events with
special RF Cafe logos
. Where available, I like to use images
from postage stamps from the country where the person or event occurred.
1675: French mathematician
Gilles de Roberval, who invented the
Roberval balance weighing scale, died. 1811:
Isaac Singer, inventor of the continuous-stitch sewing machine, was born. 1873: Farmer Joseph Glidden
applied for a patent on barbed wire. 1904:
New York City Subway opened with 9.1 miles of track running from City Hall to 145th Street. 1920: Pittsburgh
radio station KDKA
received its broadcast license & call letters. 1927: The first
newsreel featuring sound
was released in New York. 1938: Du Pont announced "nylon"
as the name for its new synthetic yarn. 1943: The first women Marines reported for duty at
Camp Pendleton. 1961: The first
Saturn I heavy launch vehicle made an unmanned
test launch. 1997:
Dow Jones Industrial Average
crashed a record 554 points to 7161. 2004: A
total lunar eclipse occurred. 2005: IBM's
Blue Gene/L system set a new world computing record of 280.6 teraflops.